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for romney as the economy improves, but also it fails to reck thiz people care about other things other than just the economy. >> pastor jeffers, if i may, i was making the distinction about not just the economy, but deficit and debt. so, i appreciate your desire to have your nominee really focus on playing to the base in the religious right. that is your prerogative, but you can't rewrite polls to say that's a winning strategy when it comes to reaching out. >> what i'm saying to you is that i think the hunt for these elusive independent or undecided voters out there is going to be a losing strategy. it was in 2008 for john mccain. i think it will be this time. i'm not saying he has to make these social issues the heart of every stump speech he gives. i just say when it comes to debates over the next few weeks, he can't go wobbly or hesitate about these important issues to us. >> thank you very much, gentlemen. of course, the the big question is why is mitt romney not doing better on evaluations of the economy? something i'm sure his campaign is asking themselves. >>> protesters clashed in g
be in deeper doo-doowithout that cash, that is amazing. >> this this economy, mitt romney should be leveraging that, we heard him talk about greece today that is a good thing, the more he can talk about the economy and debt, that is a great thing, however the super paces have kept him in the race. why, we have a long drawn out primary, have you super paces who are framing who president obama was, a like able character, majority of americans like him. that i want to believe in him, they want him to work. but the super paces ares are out talking about him framing him. they were keeping mitt romney in the fight. neil: but during the convention i remember, what is he doing with that money? he did not run ads then, mitt romney was out sent 6-1. >> that is why we've seen a turn in numbers of people -- >> what hades his strategy, to spend -- what is his strategy to spend it near the end like a macy's day fireworks. one out of three could have already voted like them. >> that is why everyone in washington tc is scratching their heads, but this week. neil: what are they telling them, you were pointing
to set the record straight. mr. romney has done that. now did you get a chance to see it, and what did you make about his appearance? >> he is trying to restart a conversation about the economy that is focused on barack obama. he was supposed to be doing the same thing but got sidetracked and badly by this video. he will be ablepresident to get over this. he has to hope that is not the majority of people. the fact that a majority of people do not approve of how barack obama has handled the economy, but ultimately those people will say i am done with a guy who is currently in office. let's give the other guy a chance. the interview he has done and he is going to continue to do all of those things are an attempt to shift the conversation. good >> even republicans have said he is running and in that campaign. -- an inept campaign. he is trying to suggest he took responsibility for these comments. did you see thus splitting hairs? >> i agree with that. they blame the campaign. we did the post mortem on the hillary clinton campaign, and the conclusion was that her campaign did not serve her
>> notice that he has managed to weather the concern about the economy largely because romney has not convinced people that he will be a preferable alternative. >> presidential campaigns are character tests >> he is a campaign strategist and has worked with both bill and hillary clinton and al gore and he says it is not over yet >> particularly in the age of replacement referee is that we see in the nfl, the obama campaign should not be celebrating in the end zone too early. >> after republican nominee mitt romney was seen talking about the 47 percent who do not pay income taxes in a secret recording >> last week for romney will arguably go down as one of the worst week's presidential candidate has had in history, just objectively speaking. when you begin the week and you know it is a difficult week and then you try to trump that with the tax thing >> he says it could be his last chance >> it is to strike down and he has his third swing at the debate but given where the races, he really needs to do something significant to try to realign the race or change it up >> there has been
an economy going again and creating jobs. >> voters in ohio don't believe romney on this front at all. when it comes to the economy, 51% of ohio voters say they trust president obama against 45% of voters who trust mitt romney. obama has an advantage on the economy in ohio, because basically, this state is a national success story when it comes to the economy. listen to mitt romney's ohio surrogate, governor john kasich. doesn't sound like there's much reason for ohio terso make a ange >> you know, i hope you all know that ohio's coming back from 48th in job creation to number four, number one in the midwest. from9 cents and a rainy day fund to $5 million, and we have grown 123,000 jobs in the state of ohio. our families are going back to work. >> governor kasich, you forgot to tell us where you stood on that automobile thing that was kind of big in your state, one in eight jobs are connected to the automobile industry, which, of course, president obama helped out witthe tomobile loan, which all you republicans can't stand. things are great, so vote for mitt romney, right? i don't think so.
. on the issue that's supposed to be republican mitt romney's strength, the economy, he's trailing the president with a "new york times" news poll showing on the question of who can better handle it, ohio voters give the president an edge of 51% to 45%. >> i woke up every day doing everything i can to give american workers a fair shot in the global economy. >> there's danger signs. they declared ceos see slower economic growth the rest of the year with lower expectations for sales, capital expenditures, and hiring. the chairman of the round table, boeing chairman, said in a statement, quote, "the down shift in quarterly sentiment reflects continuing concern about the strength of the recovery including uncertainty over the approaching fiscal cliff." the sour report is more significant because he chairs the president's export council. >> i know that all of us, business or government, share the goal of strengthening our economy and creating more jobs. >> another vulnerability for the president could be the deficit promising to cut it in half by the end of the first term, but it's topped $1 trillion
know what it takes to get this economy going again. cheryl: so what would a tax plan under a romney/ryan administration look like? rich edson breaks it down for us. rich? >> reporter: well, cheryl, democrats call it a giveaway to the rich at the expense of the middle class. republicans say they're wrong, and this morning governor romney defended his tax plan. >> by the way, don't be expecting a huge cut in taxes because i'm also going to lower deductions and exemptions. by bringing rates down, we'll be able to let small businesses keep more of their money to hire more people. >> in the end the details are really up to congress. romney's proposed cutting every tax rate by 20%. to insure the treasury department takes in about the same amount of money under a new system, romney is proposing cure curbing and eliminating tax deductions. the problem? the campaign refuses to say which deductions and how much they will cut. campaign firms say that is up to congress. as more the most popular and expensive deductions congress may consider curbing cost of health care plans, interest on home mo
of the economy. whose happening is mitt romney is having to play defense with his own voting group. the time he has to spend shoring them up is time he's not spending getting swing voters. >> pelley: john, polls that are taken about this point in september sometimes predict the winner and sometimes they don't. in 2008, we had obama over mccain at about this point, but in the year 2000, we had gore over bush about this point. how predictive are these polls six weeks out. >> reporter: if we go all the way back to 1952, eisenhower's first election, the vast majority of the time the candidates who was ahead of the polls ended up winning in the end. but mitt romney can hold on to, though, is that president's john kennedy, ronald reagan, and george w. bush are all tied or behind, scott, and they pulled it out in the end. >> pelley: john, thanks very much. >> pelley: as in politics, things can change pretty quickly in sports. the nfl and its referees seemed ready to dig in for a long fight over pay and pension but that was before the uproar over that terrible call in the monday night game. now it appe
may have swag,. but he lacks the ability to fix the u.s. economy. a week from tonight, mitt romney and the president will square off in their first debate. still to come on abc 7 news tonight,, is talking again. -- madonna is talking again. >> live in herndon. >> heartbreak in a fairfax family community. a man murdered his wife and two teenage boys before taking his own life. a vigil for the slain family. live in herds and now with the vigil. this was not a memorial. it was to gather for people to come to gather and console each other. >> it was those moments we never forget. birthday parties. >> now it is like, it will never be the same. >> jazmine says peterson was there. he was her body. -- buddy. >> we watched those kids grow up together. it is heartbreaking. >> when police went inside, they found the bodies, including the teenagers chris and matt. >> we heard recently the petersons are not with us now. >> community came to us to be a community. >> ♪ >> a good way for jazemin to remember her friend chris. >> the sanctuary holds about 900 people and it was packed. it goes to s
's handling of the economy compared to 35% two years ago. john reports is following the romney campaign and live tonight but first, let's get to ed henry live outside the white house. you would think the bad economic news would have the president scrambling? >> especially on top of that economic growth number you mentioned which is very weak, durable goods, that came in. it's down 13.2%. washing machines and things that are supposed to last three years. it was the worst drop since 2009 when we were in recession and president took office. nonetheless, the president is out on the trail to gain the battleground of virginia, basically trying to say, look, this is going to take more time. take a listen. >> during campaign season you hear a lot about patriotism. you know what? it's time for a new economic patriotism. an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle-class. i won't pretend that getting there is easy. the truth is it's going to take a few more years to solve challenges that have built up over decades. >> in addition to
to the economy. sten to mitt romney's ohio surrogate, governor hn kasich. doesn't sound like there's much reason for ohio voters to make a change. >> you know, i hope you all know that ohio's coming back from 48th in job creation to number four, number one in the midwest. from 89 nts and a rainy y fund to $500 million, and we have grown 123,000 jobs in the state of ohio. our families are going back to work. >> governor kasich, you forgot to tell us where you stood on that automobile thing that was kind of big in your state, one in eight jobs are connected to the automobile industry, which, of course, president obama helped out with the automobile loan, which all you republicans can't stand. things are great, so vote for mitt romney, right? i don't think so. today romney launched a new ad campaign. accordinto the "waington post," greg sargent, this new ectesid,l, it's going to replace all english-language romney ads in nine states. it's another attempt to soften romney's image. >> president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. the difference i my polici wi makthin br >> he'
what to do, and i will do what it takes to get this economy going. >> ohio voters say the economy matters to them. romney argues his business experience makes him the best choice, but latest polls suggest voters think mr. obama would do a better job. a cnn average of four recent ohio polls found 51% of voters support president obama. 44% favor mitt romney. one of romney's events wednesday was a manufacturing round table with business leaders and tv host micro. he's a man known for taking on tough jobs. in ohio he's overshadowed by the two other men that's even tougher. in washington i'm emily smith. >>> and for some more numbers, campaigned two on university poll says president obama was wide lead over mitt romney in the swing states of ohio, florida, and pennsylvania. in this case the president leads romney in ohio by ten points, leads in florida by nine points and in pennsylvania by 12 points. president before the united niegss today said the u.s./european union have entrusted themselves. the hall was not full as speech. the u.s. made demonstration voiced part of the speech. spo
and president obama is iiknow what it takessto get the conomy the economy mattees to them. romney argues his business experience makee hii the best choice--but latest polls suggest voters think mr. obama would do a etter job. a cnn averrge of four recent found 51 percent of likkly - voters support president obama romney. "my friend mike rowe." one of romney's events wednesday was at a business leaders and t-v host mike rowe...he's a man known ffr taking on tough jobs ... but n ohio , he's overshadowed byythe two other even tougher. innwashington, i'm mily schmidt.-----end----- cnn..criptt---- the push for ohio vottrs s pspecially timely... even thought it's about 40 daas until the general election,, early voting ii ohio begins in a week....leaving little time to win over the firsttvoters. 3more people are pending they don't have! have!how much money... americans are racking u in overdraft fees. ((break 3)) -reporter pkg-as follows --so much for fiscal responsibility. a new study shows overdraft is making a comeback as more and more americans dip their ccecking accoonts - into
of this year, the nation's gdp was revised downward from 1.7% to 1.3%. mitt romney tried to link that issue to national defense. at one point saying in the his remarks here that china's economy is growing faster than the united states. russia's economy is growing faster than the united states and that a weak economy means weak national security. it's no surprise he tailored that message that this audience. suzanne, from a pure political standpoint, if mitt romney can't flip virginia back to the republican column -- as we know president obama won four years ago here. if he can't do that, it's going to be very tough. these are states that romney has to flip back to the republican column if he wants to be elected president. >> jim, one of the things i noticed, too, that's different here, virginia's unemployment rate is much lower than the national average. you're talking about a national average of over more than 8%, virginia hovering in the 5% range or so. is his message of creating more jobs. is that really going to resonate in virginia? >> reporter: that is why i think, suzanne, we heard hi
, and i quote, "if we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose." >> so the romney ad tried to make it sound like president obama said this thing thate he qti it to say that he disagreed with that statement. i mean, there are lots of little lies in politics, little exaggerations, but that's really big, really bad lie. and it was their first ad against president obama. and so, naturally,itt romney got skewered for this, for viy blunt lie.irst gener what did the romney campaign do about the whopper in that ad? did they correct it or remove as mitt romney now says has always been his campaign policy? no, they didn't it. that ad is still up on his campaign web page. not only did the romney campaign dinot remover coect at ad, romney defended it just as it was getting all attention for being a lie, remember? >> there was no hidden effort on the part of our campaign. it was instead to point out what's sauce for the goose is now sauce r the gander. >> sces go, ever. but mitt romney didn't correct or remove the ad that had the lie in it about what president obama said about the econo
. these are states mitt romney needs to put into his column, but the economy an those states is doing fairly well. that's going to be an issue for him. >> all right, jim acosta, thank you. good to see you. we're watching, keeping our eyes out. this is virginia beach where he'll be speaking shortly. you see the podium there. they'll introduce him as soon as he walks to the podium, we'll take that live as well. >>> one of the most divisive international conflicts is taking general stage at the u.n., the palestinian authority and prime minister of israel making addresses soon. we'll take those live as well. one leader is making a fresh push for independence. the other will ask the united states to help prevent all-out war with iran. let's go to richard roth, our senior united nations correspondent. first, let's talk about mahmoud abbas. last year he failed at that same podium to make the case that the palestinian status should be raised as a state, that they should have statehood. now he's going to go back and say we want a beefed-up status for palestinians shy of statehood. what would that accompli
devastating. he's trailing by 3% to 7%. romney backers like dave mill are worried. >> he has to get a little more fire in the belly. >> reporter: more romney, the businessman, suggests soccer mom, monica cameron. >> it's all about the economy. >> reporter: president obama was in virginia, pushing an elitist image of romney in a tv ad to run here. putting faces on the 47% of americans romney said he sees as dependent on government. >> i see hard-working virginians. i see students trying to work their way through college. >> reporter: the president was with students who typically pay no income tax like many soldiers. >> i see a whole bunch of veterans who served this country with bravery and distinction. >> reporter: amid the cheering veterans at the romney rally was dave clan, undecided because clan said, romney's economic plans lack details. >> and i've got some doubts that there's really any depth behind some of those. >> reporter: you're not ready to commit to mitt romney in virginia? >> no, i'm not. >> reporter: voters in another battleground, iowa, began voting today. ballots being cast
microscope to detect any growth at all in the obama economy. >> new fox poll shows romney is in the capitalizing. on the question who do you trust to do a better job on the economy, president edges him 47 to 46%. >> if i could sit down with you in living room or around the kitchen table here is what i'd say -- >> he unveils a new informal ad touting his plan and ripping romney. >> gor romney believe -- governor romney believes with bigger tax cut for wealthy and fewer regulation on wall street, all of us will prosper. he'd double down on the same trickle-down policies that led to the crisis in the first place. >> now the labor department has also revised upward the private sector jobs created by the president to 5.1 million. a hopeful sign that might be pulling the president up in those polls. bret? >> bret: okay, ed. ahh. numbers from wall street were a bit better today. dow gained 72 to snap a four-day slide. s&p 500 was up 14. the nasdaq finished ahead 43. still ahead, jim angle takes his slide rule to mitt romney's tax plan. first, are democrats losing some of their ad
policy economy. lou: that is just about all there is, think. romney is in trouble. >> there is no question that this is a very tight race. some of these polls were they show obama heading in ohio, they are really over sampling democrats and they're also overestimating democratic turnout because they're using -- >> i think everybody will stipulate to that. the deal is, this guy, we can't find paul ryan on the campaign trail. >> i disagree. at that ron is connecting and rain is connecting. they're generating huge crowds. the only reason people say he is not connecting is because the left-wing media is telling you he's of connecting. that's not true. >> i'm disappointed in some of the romney messaging. when he came out in that ad and said he was talking about the middle class and now obamacare is about the middle-class, i thought that was a misstep. it barack obamacare about the middle class would not be raising taxes. i feel like now is the time were you need to really hit obama strong, foreign policy, economic policy, with respect to benghazi. these are all missteps
succeed when the middle class gets bigger. >> the economy is governor romney's key issue. in bedford heights, ohio. he worked to convince voters he has a better plan for getting more americans back to work. >> we have got to open more trade to get more good jobs for americans and i will do that. >> a new cbs news poll just out shows the want a 10-point lead right now over mitt romney in ohio. virginia, of course, another battleground state, right here tomorrow morning mitt romney will attend a veterans rally in springfield. derek. >>> anita, there was a vigil held tonight for that herndon family found dead thrin eel home, and people who knew the peter sons gathered at the floris urn night methodist church. counselors were at westkneeled high today where 16-year-old matthew was a student. his 13-year-old brother christopher was an 8th grader at rachel carson middle school. >>> two weeks after a teen was murdered while working to school his killer is still out there. tonight police met with concerned community members at that time central high school. that is where 18-year-old markel r
to win. where mitt romney has failed so far is to convince people who are unhappy with the economy that he he would be any better. >> bill: all right. now, the media doctor sabato, i don't think there? i question they want barack obama to win. they being the national media. and if you did a real clear politics consensus on the media, it would be like 75-25 we want obama to win. a lot of that is the reportage reflects that, maybe subconsciously maybe as morris says not subconsciously do it on purpose. when people hear it on in the car, driving to work, this, that, and the other thing that the president is polling ahead, that means something, does it not? >> well, yes and no. now, look, bill, there is a lot of research on this. and people are not empty vessels into which the media can pour opinions. again, that's not just my opinion. that's a lot of research behind it. we all have perceptual screens and we screen out things with which we disagree. you know, when people listen to media reports. generally speaking. they accept the parts that reinforce the biases they already have. whet
campaign stop, mitt romney has hit the same theme. i care about you. >> these are tough times, even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: as new polls show ohio slipping away. romney down by ten points in a new poll out this morning, and nearly that in another recent poll. after that video of romney talking disparagingly about the 47% who pay no income tax. today, from romney, more compassion in a new minute-long tv ad. >> president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> reporter: romney's problem is historic, no republican has won the white house without winning ohio, romney sounded optimistic today in an interview with nbc news. >> can you win ohio? >> i'm going to win ohio, in part because i have support from people in ohio >> reporter: but the problem, obama is here, too, today, his 29th visit since taking office, and not letting anybody forget that other number, 47%. >> i don't believe we get very far w
out of the margin of error in the swing states. so it is now going to be much harder for mitt romney to see a pass, a strategic path to victory. >> most voters identify the economy and jobs as the number- one issue this election year. in this poll all three swing states, pennsylvania, ohio, in florida, have a majority of voters choosing the president as their man to lead the charge. something we have not seen before. >> we noticed that he has managed to weather the concern about the economy largely because mitt romney has not convinced people that he will be a preferable alternative. >> he is a presidential campaign strategist and has worked with both bill clinton and hillary clinton as well as al gore and he says that it is not over yet. >> particularly in the age of replacement referees that we're seeing in the nfl, the obama campaign should not be celebrating in the end zone to early. >> but he believes that it will be tough to recover after mitt romney was seen talking about a 47 percent who do not pay federal income taxes in a secret recording. >> last week for mitt romney will
ads released by the romney campaign. this was released back in november of last year. >> provide relief for homeowners. it's going to take a new direction. if we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose. >> "if we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose, lose, lose." that is how mitt romney's ad quoted president obama. here's what president obama actually said. >> senator mccain's campaign actually said, and i quote, "if we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose." >> so the romney ad tried to make it sound like president obama said this thing that he was quoting someone else saying, and he was quoting it to say that he disagreed with that statement. i mean, there are lots of little lies in politics, little exaggerations, but that's really big, really bad lie. and it was their first ad against president obama. and so, naturally, mitt romney got skewered for this, for building his first general election ad on a really obviously blunt lie. what did the romney campaign do about the whopper in that ad? did they correct it or remove as mitt romney no
, it is argument between romney or obama, who can do a better job of the country totally back the economy is growing anemicly, a couple points maybe. we should be growing at four or 5%. we should be exploding and we are not. >> brings you the whole point of 7.2%. okay, it is better than it was but is it good enough. why ohio? why does it always seem like the focus comes back to the buckeye state. this is a state of 12 million people. it is a cross-section of the american spectrum in everywhere. you have big cities, you have large empty spaces. rural, farmland. you have huge minority populations in cities like cleveland and columbus and to a lesser degree cincinnati in the southwest. but more than anything, melissa, in this election, it has a huge middle class. and that's the target for mitt romney and president obama every time they have been there of which there have been many visits. melissa: so the $50 billion question, who takes ohio? you're just there. you know everyone. you've been on the ground. you're listening to them talk, what do you think?. >> if you agree with the polls presi
is not a safe place. it remains dangerous. >> reporter: governor romney explains to have a strong military, a strong economy is needed. >> our economy needs to be reinvigorated and the president has laid out his plan. it's a continuation of the old plan. we can't afford four more years of the last four years, all right? >> reporter: governor romney not only says he would stop shrinking the military but would add to the active duty force and one of the biggest cheers came when he quoted ronald reagan. >> peace comes through strength. i want to have a military that's so strong no one wants to test it. [ applause ] >> the people that are out there fighting these wars, we owe them support forever and i think governor romney is totally supportive of that. >> reporter: but that's not the opinion of veteran jim dillard who represented springfield for 30 years in the virginia house of delegates. >> they talk about cutting the domestic spending by 20%. if they do that, that's $11 billion cut for veterans program. i don't think veterans ought to be the ones to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy. so
the economy. >> president obama was in virginia pushing an elitist image of romney in a tv ad run here, putting faces on the 47% of americans romney says he sees as dependent on government. >> i see hard-working virginians. i see students trying to work their way through college. >> that president said students who typically pay no income tax, like soldiers. i see a bunch of veterans who served this country with bravery and distinction. >> amid cheering veterans at the romney rally was an undecided. he says the economic plans lack details. >> i have some doubt there is a depth behind some of those. >> you are not ready to commit to mitt romney? >> i am not. >> and there's not much time to change minds. voters in iowa began voting today. absentee voting started in virginia last friday. ballots being cast before the presidential debates -- >> he should challenge to cool -- challenge a schools to go across the state. >> tonight company announced their post-season push. >> there is no doubt in my mind that it was a very well planned conspi krystal conwell : we see a lot of problems with th
. the romney campaign tried to bail out their sinking ship today by handing mitt romney this script. >> too many americans are struggling to find work in today's economy. too many of those who are working are living paycheck to paycheck, trying to make falling incomes meet rising prices for food and gas. more americans are living in poverty than when president obama took office and 15 million more are on food stamps. president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> unfortunately, romney could not remember any of those lines of that script when he was trying to answer the abc news question about those heavy words. here is how the democratic national committee responded to that romney ad. >> too many americans are struggling to find work in today's economy. >> i like being able to fire people. >> too many of those who are working are living paycheck to paycheck. >> i'm tell you what. 10,000 bucks? >> president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. >> i'm not concerned about the very
the deficit by $4 trillion and raise the taxes on the wealthy. that means nothing in an economy where we would be running more than $1 trillion the annual deficit. mitt romney needs to come out and just do the arithmetic for people. the average american understands state of this economy. the banks on wall street monday doing good,. ashley: case in point. ohio, which is a very important swing state, if you look at their personal income since december 2007, it has risen a whopping 2.1%. in nearly five years. mr. obama has a lead not. >> yes, the pools are an open question. i don't buy it, but i'm not a professional pollster. i think we do raises another interesting point. which is what this administration promises, we did not promise certain things -- but he promised that he would have the deficit, and where are we? the deficit has doubled and the president said that he would reduce the cost of health care. that has gone on. ashley: the numbers are there. let's bring in our next guest. he talks about the need for economic patriotism. >> given how many times we have heard people from the left ref
number 1 is the economy. many americans believe it's heading in the right direction. mitt romney has been relentlessly pounding president obama about the economy. he did it again today in ohio. >> i don't believe we can afford four more years like the past four years. >> maybe they haven't been happy the last four years. maybe they were disappointed with obama, but generally, they think we're on the right path. >> reporter: we found people at union square willing to discuss the merits of both candidates. >> he's been president for four years, and we haven't seen the turn around that he had promised. i'm not sure why the numbers aren't correlating to his performance? >> reporter: some republicans aren't buying the latest poll results. >> i don't think the election is over by any way shape or form. i think it's going to go down to the wire. >> reporter: next week's debate may be critical for romney. >> you have to get people at your side. the debate is key. >> reporter: corey cook says the bar is actually low for romney. >> he really needs to have a positive debate performance, where he app
class than believe that mitt romney has such a plan. that's another problem mitt romney has. he had expected that the economy would win the election for him. all he would have to do is go to people and say, i'm not barack obama. i can do a better job. in fact, he needed to do a lot more. obama has laid out specific proposals. he's had a job for months now, but mitt romney has been very vague about his proposals for helping the middle class. >> you know what, this strikes me, just thinking now, listening to cynthia, he seems to are been running this campaign for the last six months as someone who expected the voters would want him. not that he would have to sell himself, his plan, his ideas. that the voters would want him as a white knight, coming in and rescuing the company, that is, the u.s. economy. and he didn't have to do much beyond that. as he's finding out, that's not the way the game plays if you want to be leader of the united states. >> there are chinks in his armor, by the way. he didn't count on the knight from arkansas showing up either, bill clinton. >> sir lancelot. >
in the right direction. mitt romney has been relentlessly pounding president obama about the economy. he did it again today in ohio. >> i don't believe we can afford four more years like the past four years. >> maybe they haven't been happy the last four years. maybe they were disappointed with obama, but generally, they think we're on the right path. >> reporter: we found people at union square willing to discuss the merits of both candidates. >> he's been president for four years, and we haven't seen the turn around that he had promised. i'm not sure why the numbers aren't correlating to his performance? >> reporter: some republicans aren't buying the latest poll results. >> i don't think the election is over by any way shape or form. i think it's going to go down to the wire. >> reporter: next week's debate may be critical for romney. >> you have to get people at your side. the debate is key. >> reporter: corey cook says the bar is actually low for romney. >> he really needs to have a positive debate performance, where he appears presidential. that basic standard, does this guy look like
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